Enjoy the remainder of the season with Geauga Park District
Icy weather needn’t keep you indoors when you really want to move. Geauga Park District offers awesome opportunities to be active and well during our Northeast Ohio winters: sledding hills, groomed cross country ski trails, plowed walking trails, and winter camping spots.
Popular sledding hills are free fun at Orchard Hills Park in Chesterland and Beartown Lakes Reservation in Auburn Township. Orchard Hills even offers after-dark sledding; just find the pole with the “Lights” sign and switch, and if you’re last to leave, please turn the lights off.
Have cross country skis? Pack ’em up and head to one of the two regularly groomed trails: The Maple Highlands Trail, from Mountain Run Station in Chardon to Claridon Troy Road in Troy, or Orchard Hills Park in Chesterland. Grooming updates are regularly posted on our Facebook page.
For walkers, park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved trails at four parks: Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon, Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge, Sunnybrook Preserve in Chesterland, and now on The Maple Highlands Trail-North from Big Creek Spur north to the Lake County line. (The trail will NOT be plowed from the spur south along Route 44 to the Highway Patrol.)
Connect with your inner survivalist by cold-weather camping at Chickagami Park, Headwaters Park, or Big Creek Park, all equipped with tent pads and lean-to shelters with fireplaces to keep you warm all night long. Camping reservations are free for Geauga County residents; visit the website or call 440-286-9516 to reserve your site.
And if you’re already counting the days till spring, there’s no more exciting place to hike in late winter than Swine Creek Reservation, where soon you will see the telltale taps and buckets hanging in preparation for Geauga Park District’s sweet maple sugaring operation and annual Sap’s-A-Risin’ celebration in March.
For information on naturalist-led programs that also make wellness fun, please visit the website or call 440-286-9516.